Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house.
— Henri Poincare (1854-1912)
The Science department at Hampton College is a conscientious and happy department, which strives to make science accessible and enjoyable to all students. Discussion of our work and a collaborative approach is most important to us and we are constantly reviewing, developing and refining our teaching strategies.
We are extremely well resourced so we are able to provide stimulating practical lessons from Year 7 through to A level.
Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
— Chinese Proverb
Science at Hampton College has a strong focus on investigation and discovery. We place a large emphasis on practical work and the development of investigative skills in our lessons; the department is well equipped for this purpose. ICT is regularly used throughout the department to enhance learning; this will be developed further as we incorporate more activities that involve using our extensive range of data logging equipment.
Students in year 7 and year 8 are taught in mixed ability groups. Students in year 9 are taught in broad ability groups.
The modules taught at KS3 from September 2010 are as follows:
Energy transfers, Cells, the Particle Model, Current, Seperating Substances, Interdependence, Voltage and Resistance, Magnetism, Acids and Alkalis, Gravity, Human Reproduction, Metals and Non-Metals, Universe, Movement, Contact Forces, Speed, Plant Reproduction.
Atoms & Elements, Heating & Cooling, Microbes, Nutrition & Respiration, Acid Reactions, Electricity & Magnetism, Earth, Science, Photosynthesis, Sound, Light, Health and Disease, Space, Inheritance, Energy Costs.
Health & Disease, Forces & their Effects, Genetics, Materials, Patterns of Reactivity, GCSE Transition Work.
Students are assessed in a number of different ways at Key Stage 3. We use a combination of topic tests and APP skills assessments along with formal tests at the midpoint and end of each year. Year 9 students will finish their KS3 work by the end of the Autumn Term. They will sit their end of KS3 exam in January and this will count towards their eligability to select Triple Science.
Assessment for learning is strongly promoted in Science and students are regularly given the opportunity to reflect on their progress, identify areas for improvement and build on their achievements.
My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
— Stephen Hawking
All GCSE students are taught by three specialist teachers in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are a range of different Science qualifications on offer which allows us to cater the curriculum to the individual needs of our students:
At Key Stage Four we are following the AQA suite of courses.
Students take Biology, Chemistry and Physics as three separate GCSEs in accelerated groups. This option is recommended for the most able students.
Just over half of our students study Combined Science (Trilogy) GCSE in Year 10, and are broadly set according to their expected tier of entry.
Both separate & combined science are assessed through a series of exam papers at the end of Year 11.
I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding of a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
— Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Biology, Chemistry and Physics are all popular subjects at Key Stage 5. Year 12 students are able to choose at least one of these Science subjects at AS level. Our students follow the OCR specification in Biology and Chemistry and Edexcel specification for Physics. We also offer the Level 3 BTEC Applied Science course as an option for students.